Takacs, Humphrey Help Bears Hold off Aztecs

SAN DIEGO San Diego State had a lead in the second half and was tied with five minutes to play but couldn't hold on late, with the Aztecs losing to California, 13-11, on Sunday afternoon at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

SDSU (8-5, 3-2 MPSF) rallied from a four-goal deficit in the second half to take the lead, 9-8, on freshman Alexa Comfort's goal with 10:09 remaining. However, Cal (9-4, 6-0 MPSF) went on a 5-2 run the rest of the way to escape with the victory and remain tied with Denver for first place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) standings. The Aztecs, meanwhile, drop to fourth place with three games to play.

Sophomore Bailey Ewing scored three goals to lead the Aztecs, while sophomore Lauren Maack and junior Christina Ricciardulli scored two goals apiece. Sophomore Michaela Jarvis finished with a goal and three assists, while junior Isabelle Pickett, freshman Felice Artuso and Comfort also scored. Artuso added five draw controls, and now has 25 in the last four games, while Maack added three.

Senior Melissa Humphrey led Cal with four goals and three assists, while senior Megan Takacs scored a game-high five goals.

The Aztecs had the momentum when Ricciardulli's unassisted goal knotted the score, 8-8, with 12:33 left, and Comfort's goal two minutes later capped off SDSU's 5-0 run and put the Aztecs ahead by one. But things quickly changed.

After a great save by SDSU senior goalkeeper Sammy Slattery, her outlet pass was stolen by Takacs, who quickly shot it into the net to tie the score, 9-9. Gaby Christman followed with a free-position goal to put the Golden Bears in front by one, but the Aztecs responded with Ewing's unassisted score to once again knot the score, 10-10, with 5:49 left to play.

But less than a minute later, Takacs' goal off Humphrey's assist put Cal ahead for good, and the Bears tacked on two more scores to build a three-point lead before Ewings' unassisted goal with 1:36 remaining.

The Aztecs resume MPSF play on Friday, April 19, on the road against UC Davis. The game is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. PT.

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SAN DIEGO - Behind five goals from Megan Takacs and seven points from Melissa Humphrey, California topped San Diego State, 13-11, in San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Cal remained undefeated in MPSF contests at 6-0, and improved to 9-4 overall. In addition, the Bears have now won six of their last seven and remained undefeated when scoring 10 or more goals this season.

"We're pretty excited to get two wins on this trip," head coach Ginger Miles said. "These were two emotional wins, and we played today on short rest. I'm proud of the way our girls hung in there, especially when it got tight down the stretch and we really had to dig deep to pull out the win."

The Aztecs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest, but the Golden Bears scored six of the next eight goals in the first half to take a 6-4 lead at the half. Humphrey and Takacs each notched two of their goals in the first half.

Takacs and Humphrey, a nearby native of Coronado, Calif., also scored the first two goals of the second half, giving Cal a four-goal lead.

The Bears then endured SDSU scoring five unanswered goals to regain the lead at 9-8 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Cal controlled the final eight minutes of the contest, scoring five of the last seven goals to garner the victory. Takacs scored two of her five goals in that stretch to help clinch the win.

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